Dodge WC57 -ton Command Car 4x4

Similar to the ubiquitous jeep, the WC57 Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle served as liaison vehicle for different units, as well as a staff vehicle for high-ranking officers. General Patton is often pictured in a WC56 or WC57 command car. It was fitted with a canvas top and had map boards in the rear seat area. In the WC58, the radio was in the rear. It could ford depths of 1 feet.

The car burns 2 gallons of diesel per hour of routine driving. A full tank of fuel costs $3.60.


Subassemblies: Small Wheeled chassis +3; four Off-Road Wheels +1.

Powertrain: 68.6-kW Standard diesel engine with 68.6-kW all-wheeled drivetrain; 30-gallon standard fuel tank; 4,000-kW battery.

Occ.: 1 XCS Body, 3 XPS Body

Cargo: 17 Body


Armor F RL B T U

Body: 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3

Wheels: 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5



Size: 14'x6.5'x6' Payload: 0.49 tons Lwt.: 2.69 tons

Volume: 36 Maint.: 267 hours Cost: $562

HT: 12. HPs: 250 Body, 23 each Wheel.

gSpeed: 69 gAccel: 4 gDecel: 10 gMR: 0.75 gSR: 2

Ground Pressure: Moderate. 1/3 Off-Road Speed.


Design Notes:

The weight, cost, and HPs of the chassis were doubled to increase design weight. Design loaded weight was 5,406 lbs.; this was decreased less than 1% to the historical. Design gSpeed was 81 mph; the historical gSpeed is shown (but see the entry on Jeeps on p. W106 about top sustained speeds).



The WC56 deleted the winch. The WC58 was fitted with a long-range radio.


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2009 by Jim Antonicic